What is an ASIC investigation? Why and how are they conducted? The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigates and prosecutes breaches of corporate law by corporations, directors and officers. Their work is carried out under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001. Breaches of corporate law can have some serious consequences for a business and the … Continue reading ASIC Investigations
Medicinal Cannabis Cannabis – also known as marijuana – has been used for centuries for medicinal, spiritual and recreational purposes. It is also a well-used source of industrial fiber, seed oil and food in its other forms. Cannabis is currently neither legal, nor is it decriminalised in Queensland. However, cannabis is used recreationally in most countries … Continue reading Medicinal Cannabis in Queensland
Just like any other business in this day and age, law firms face a new breed of criminal: cyber-based criminals. Cyber-attacks and data breaches have increased over 700% since February last year in Australia. Despite this, companies and employees are more often than not, untrained, uneducated and ill-equipped to deal with such attacks. What are … Continue reading Cybersecurity, Law Firms and You
If you are ever approached by a police officer in the streets, it can be quite helpful to understand their rights and responsibilities – and what you legally need to tell them. A couple of myths that we can dispel upfront - you do not need to be at a police station to be interviewed … Continue reading What powers do police in Queensland have?
How do you appeal a criminal sentence? Those who have been dealt with a sentence they believe is unfair or overly harsh for the crime committed may have the opportunity to appeal the court decision. A defendant may wish to appeal their sentence if they have sufficient grounds with a view to reduce or replace … Continue reading Appealing a Sentence
Workers Compensation Legislative Amendments On 22nd October 2019, the government of Queensland passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 to improve the compensation claims experience for injured workers and to ensure better recovery of vulnerable workers with psychological and physical injuries, by providing adequate rehabilitation and return to work services. … Continue reading Workers Compensation QLD
For those who have run a business, the terms receivership, administration, bankruptcy and liquidation are used widely to describe businesses that is in trouble. While these are all related to a certain degree, they are all different situations, that can result in different outcomes for business. In this article, we will discuss what it means … Continue reading Receivership
Challenging a Will A Will is a legal document that outlines your wishes with regard to how you would like your property and assets to be distributed once you die. If you die without a Will, your wishes may not be followed. In fact, even with a Will in place, there is the ability for … Continue reading How to Challenge a Will
Sometimes, high legal costs deter individuals and businesses from seeking the necessary legal support, but there are ways you can ensure your legal costs do not blow out unexpectedly. Get organised Find all of the necessary documentation you might need that is relevant to your legal case – this is all contracts, key communications, dates … Continue reading How can I reduce my legal costs?
Double Insurance: Do "other insurance" clauses cancel each other out? In a couple of recent Australian examples, parties have been found to have been insurance for the same thing on two or more policies. These examples are complex, but can you have dual insurance? Or do they cancel each other out? Here are two examples … Continue reading Double Insurance
Understanding trespassing and your rights One of the simplest ways to test if trespass has occurred is if there has been a deliberate intention to enter another person’s property. This does not have to be the registered land owner, just the lawful occupier of the land or premises. In this blog we explain a little … Continue reading Trespassing Laws in QLD
Firstly, what are default judgements? Default judgments occur when people do not respond to a lawsuit or debt collector, and a judge resolves the case without ever hearing the defendant’s side. In effect, they are found guilty because they never actually entered a defence, therefore, a judgement is made, setting out the amount of money … Continue reading Setting Aside Default Judgements